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    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10

    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10

    How to Rename a Drive in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Hardware & Drivers
    05 Apr 2021
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    How to Rename a Drive in Windows 10


    A drive name or drive label is a unique name of up to 32 (NTFS) or 11 (FAT) characters assigned to a drive, disc, or other media connected to the computer.

    Every drive and storage device on your computer has a friendly name (aka: label) to make it easier to recognize.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 21343, Microsoft is updating File Explorer (Win+E) when renaming drives to now support using CTRL + Left / Right arrow to move your cursor between words in the drive name, as well as CTRL + Delete and CTRL + Backspace to delete words at a time, like other places in Windows.

    This tutorial will show you different ways to rename a drive label in Windows 10.

    When you rename a drive in Windows, the name cannot contain any of the following characters: \ / : * ? " < > |
    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10-characters.png

    You must be signed in as an administrator to rename a drive.

    You will not be able to change the name of a CD/DVD drive with any of these options.



    Contents







    OPTION ONE

    Rename a Drive using Keyboard Shortcut


    1 Open This PC in File Explorer (Win+E). (see screenshot below)

    2 Select the drive you want to rename.

    3 Press the F2 key.

    4 Type a new name for the drive, and press Enter.

    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10-rename_drive_in_this_pc-3.png

    5 If prompted, click/tap on Continue to allow. (see screenshot below)

    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10-access_denied.png






    OPTION TWO

    Rename a Drive from File Explorer Ribbon


    1 Open This PC in File Explorer (Win+E).

    2 Select the drive you want to rename.

    3 Click/tap on the Computer tab, and click/tap on the Rename button in the ribbon. (see screenshot below)

    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10-rename_drive_in_this_pc-1.png

    4 Type a new name for the drive, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10-rename_drive_in_this_pc-3.png

    5 If prompted, click/tap on Continue to allow. (see screenshot below)

    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10-access_denied.png






    OPTION THREE

    Rename Drive with Two Single Clicks


    This option is only available if you selected to Double-click to open an item (single-click to select) instead of Single-click to open an item (point to select).


    1 Open This PC in File Explorer (Win+E).

    2 Click/tap on the drive you want to rename once to select it. (see screenshot below)

    3 Wait at least one second, and then click/tap on the drive name text to rename it.

    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10-rename_drive_two_single_clicks.png

    4 Type a new name for the drive , and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10-rename_drive_in_this_pc-3.png

    5 If prompted, click/tap on Continue to allow. (see screenshot below)

    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10-access_denied.png






    OPTION FOUR

    Rename a Drive from Context Menu


    1 Open This PC in File Explorer (Win+E).

    2 Select the drive you want to rename.

    3 Perform the action you want to do below: (see screenshot below)

    A) Right click or press and hold on the selected drive , and either press the M key or click/tap on Rename.

    OR

    B) Press and hold Shift key and right click on the selected drive , release the Shift key, and either press the M key or click/tap on Rename.

    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10-rename_drive_in_this_pc-2.png

    4 Type a new name for the drive, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10-rename_drive_in_this_pc-3.png

    5 If prompted, click/tap on Continue to allow. (see screenshot below)

    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10-access_denied.png






    OPTION FIVE

    Rename a Drive in Properties


    1 Do step 2 (This PC) or step 3 (Disk Management) below for how you want to open properties of the drive you want to rename.


     2. To Open Drive Properties in This PC

    A) Open This PC in File Explorer (Win+E).

    B) Right click or press and hold on the drive you want to rename, click/tap on Properties, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10-rename_drive_in_properties-1.png


     3. To Open Drive Properties in Disk Management

    A) Open the Win+X Quick Link menu, and click/tap on Disk Management.

    B) Right click or press and hold on the drive you want to rename, click/tap on Properties, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10-rename_drive_in_properties-2.png


    4 Type a new name for the drive, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10-rename_drive_in_properties-3.png

    5 If prompted, click/tap on Continue to allow. (see screenshot below)

    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10-access_denied.png






    OPTION SIX

    Rename a Drive in Command Prompt


    For more usage details about the Label command, see: Label | Microsoft Docs


    1 Open an elevated command prompt.

    2 Type the command below in the elevated command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    label <DriveLetter>: New name

    Substitute <DriveLetter> in the command above with the drive letter of the drive you want to rename.

    Substitute New name in the command above with the label you want to rename the drive with. You can leave this empty to have a default label (ex: Local Disk) for the drive.

    For example: label E: My Backups

    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10-rename_drive_command.png

    3 When finished, you can close the elevated command prompt if you like.






    OPTION SEVEN

    Rename a Drive in PowerShell


    For more usage details about the Set-Volume command, see: Set-Volume | Microsoft Docs


    1 Open an elevated PowerShell.

    2 Do step 3 (rename by drive label) or step 4 (rename by drive letter) below for which command you want to use to rename the drive.


     3. To Rename Drive by Drive Label

    A) Type the command below in the elevated PowerShell, press Enter, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

    Set-Volume -FileSystemLabel "<Current drive name>" -NewFileSystemLabel "<New drive name>"

    Substitute <Current drive name> in the command above with the current name of the drive.

    Substitute New drive name in the command above with the label you want to rename the drive with. You can leave this empty to have a default label (ex: Local Disk) for the drive.

    For example:

    Set-Volume -FileSystemLabel "Backup" -NewFileSystemLabel "My Backups"

    OR

    Set-Volume -FileSystemLabel "Backup" -NewFileSystemLabel ""

    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10-rename_drive_powershell-1.png


     4. To Rename Drive by Drive Letter

    A) Type the command below in the elevated PowerShell, press Enter, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

    Set-Volume -DriveLetter <DriveLetter> -NewFileSystemLabel "<New drive name>"

    Substitute <DriveLetter> in the command above with the drive letter of the drive you want to rename.

    Substitute New drive name in the command above with the label you want to rename the drive with. You can leave this empty to have a default label (ex: Local Disk) for the drive.

    For example:

    Set-Volume -DriveLetter E -NewFileSystemLabel "My Backups"

    OR

    Set-Volume -FileSystemLabel E -NewFileSystemLabel ""

    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10-rename_drive_powershell-2.png


    5 When finished, you can close the elevated PowerShell if you like.






    OPTION EIGHT

    Specify a Drive Label using autorun.inf file


    This option will override all the options above.

    This option is helpful for external or removable drives that you want to always have the same drive label no matter what Windows PC you connect the drive to.


    1 Open This PC in File Explorer (Win+E).

    2 Click/tap on the View tab, and check the File name extensions box in the ribbon. (see screenshot below)

    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10-rename_drive_with_autorun-1a.png

    3 Open the drive (ex: E ) you want to rename, right click or press and hold on an empty area in the drive, click/tap on New, and click/tap on Text Document. (see screenshot below)

    If you already have a autorun.inf file in the root directory of this drive, then skip this step, and go to step 5 below instead.

    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10-rename_drive_with_autorun-1b.png

    4 Right click or press and hold on the New Text Document.txt file, click/tap on Rename, rename it to autorun.inf, and click/tap on Yes to confirm changing the file extension. (see screenshots below)

    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10-rename_drive_with_autorun-2.png
    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10-rename_drive_with_autorun-1.png

    5 Open the autorun.inf file to edit it.

    6 Type the separate lines below into the opened autorun.inf file.

    Code:
    [autorun]
    label="drive name"

    If you already have a autorun.inf file, then you would only add or change the label line.

    If you wanted to remove this drive label, you can either remove the label line or delete the autorun.inf file.

    Substitute drive name in the label line above with the actual name you want for the drive.

    For example:

    [autorun]
    label="My Backups"

    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10-rename_drive_with_autorun-3.png

    7 Click/tap on File, click/tap on Save, and close the opened autorun.inf file. (see screenshot below)

    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10-rename_drive_with_autorun-4.png

    8 Restart the computer to apply. If this is for a removable drive, then you could just disconnect and reconnect the drive instead.






    OPTION NINE

    Rename a Drive in Settings


    This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 20197.


    1 Open Settings, and click/tap on the System icon.

    2 Click/tap on Storage on the left side, and click/tap on the Manage Disks and Volumes link on the right side. (see screenshot below)

    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10-settings_manage_disks_and_volumes-1.jpg

    3 Expand open the disk (ex: "Disk 2") that contains the volume you want to change the drive label name of. (see screenshot below)

    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10-settings_manage_disks_and_volumes-2.png

    4 Click/tap on the drive (ex: "F") you want to change the drive label name of, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)

    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10-settings_manage_disks_and_volumes-3.png

    5 Click/tap on the Change label button under the Volume Data section. (see screenshot below)

    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10-change_drive_label_in_settings-1.png

    6 Type in a new label name you want for this drive, and click/tap on Apply. (see screenshot below)

    Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10-change_drive_label_in_settings-2.png

    7 You can now close Settings if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 59,998
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #1

    Tutorial updated to add option 9 to change the drive label name in Settings.
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  2. MourningStar's Avatar
    Posts : 378
    Windows 10 (21H1)
       #2

    I am not finding the part that explains or disavows the re-label of an optical (cd/dvd rw) drive, i.e. drive F in your images. Am I just blind?
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  3. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909
       #3

    If I may, I'd think one can't change the label of an ODD but can for the disc when creating/burning it. There may be firmware updates from the manufacturer of the drive to identify it to Windows but I've not yet seen it.
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  4. AddRAM's Avatar
    Posts : 4,435
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #4

    Are we talking about the letter ? Or the description, maker etc ?

    If I install one I always letter it Z
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  5. MourningStar's Avatar
    Posts : 378
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    Berton said:
    If I may, I'd think one can't change the label of an ODD but can for the disc when creating/burning it. There may be firmware updates from the manufacturer of the drive to identify it to Windows but I've not yet seen it.
    hmmm....
    AddRAM said:
    Are we talking about the letter ? Or the description, maker etc ?
    Have you understood the topic title and read thru it?
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    I have managed to use 3rd-party (tho I prefer not tp). All the ones I tried simply 'append' custom labels ('Multi-Media') for the optical (E:) thus :

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    Shawn?
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  6. AddRAM's Avatar
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       #6

    I only read the 2 posts before mine, it`s a tut so.....
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